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Old 12-17-2012, 06:04 PM
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I've been thinking about trying to get Gusto using ours. He has been known to jump on it and "slide" off the end when I'm using it, but I haven't actually tried him on it intentionally. Do you have a collar/leash on? Harness? I'm having a hard time picturing just how you get them from standing on it with the treadmill turned off to actually understanding that if they walk along, they won't fall back.
At work we used an xpen around the treadmill so that we could mill dogs while training/playing others and ensure they don't bounce off to join. At home I use a loose fleece lead from rush to tug tied in a breakawayknot, enough tension to discourage getting off (Sloan likes to jump off the front when excited, backup gets distracted and slides back) but not enough that it won't release in an emergency.

I used to use a harness and cross tied leads for Arnold on our human treadmill.

I always use a collar/leash when first training, I use a hand in the collar to show the dog how to pace themselves to reduce the chance of panic.

Not the best photo but that's one of the work treadmills behind big ears.


Sloan on my dog pacer with the loose leash, it's slipped in this photo but I try to hinge it higher usually.
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Old 12-17-2012, 06:21 PM
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I've been wanting to find a treadmill for Zander for ages. I think the only thing holding me back is not knowing what I want to focus on....strength or cardio. Regular treadmill or carpetmill? Hmmm.

I think once I got him going, he would be THRILLED to have an option to run whenever. So I'm really enjoying reading everyone's experiences here!
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Old 12-17-2012, 06:45 PM
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I've tried Mia on the treadmill several times. She is not a fan at all.
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Old 12-17-2012, 06:49 PM
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I've tried Mia on the treadmill several times. She is not a fan at all.
Some dogs need time and some never learn to enjoy it, IME. Arnold doesn't like it anymore but I suspect he has some joint pain causing his hesitancy. A couple of my client dogs would get on and work out but they never looked like the dogs who ran to it, hopped on, and barked until you sped it up.
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Old 12-17-2012, 06:57 PM
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Mia's not the kind of dog that really cares for physical exercise just for physical exercise.

I was hoping it would take off the edge and spare me constant tennis balls being thrown at me.
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Old 12-17-2012, 07:07 PM
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Some dogs need time and some never learn to enjoy it, IME. Arnold doesn't like it anymore but I suspect he has some joint pain causing his hesitancy. A couple of my client dogs would get on and work out but they never looked like the dogs who ran to it, hopped on, and barked until you sped it up.
So true, I'll admit that as much as she tries, Enda looks SOOOOOOO bored on it. That's why I really only use it at certain time to just get that little bit of "edge" off her, such as hunting season, her season, and if we need to run somewhere quick and I don't want her all muddy.

Personally for now I'll stick with what I have, obviously, but in the future if I ever get the chance I'd get a carpet mill!
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Old 12-17-2012, 07:11 PM
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Sara: Not only will I be borrowing your vest, I will also be borrowing your treadmill. TIA.
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Old 12-17-2012, 08:22 PM
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There's a folding manual treadmill with 8% and 10% incline settings, 42" long surface, for $109 INCLUDING shipping through Amazon...(ponders)
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When you are introducing it and get to the turn it on part, is it better to turn it on low with them on it, or turn it on and then ask them to get on?

I had Riley standing on it no problem so I turned it on lowest setting and held his collar. Of course it freaked him out and he wouldn't take treats anymore so I just had him walk for a few seconds and then turned it off and treated him. He got back on it once it was off so hopefully he is not too traumatized to try it again lol
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Old 12-18-2012, 08:17 PM
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I always get them on and then start it, I think climbing on while it's moving would be scarier.
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